Hamlin Robinson School, located in the North Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, is an independent, non-profit, accredited, state-approved, elementary and middle day school offering a comprehensive educational program to serve students with dyslexia and other language related difficulties. The Hamlin Robinson School core philosophy is that all children can reach their full potential given appropriate teaching methods and atmosphere.
Position: Librarian and Media Specialist
Department: Teaching Faculty
Reports to: Head of School and Assistant Head of School
Job Classification: Full time, 10 month exempt position
The Librarian and Media Specialist oversees and manages a library of over 10,000 books. The position balances an intellectually and creative program that is developmentally appropriate. Through differentiated instruction and a love of working closely with children the librarian/media specialist is responsible for providing a rich and diverse library and media experience for students.
Teach library procedures organization and research as appropriate to students and staff
Instruct students and staff in the use of library resources including the OPAC, reference resources, print materials and technology tools
Develop and teach an information literacy skills program relating to the needs of students and aligned with the school’s curriculum (class groups, small groups and one to one settings)
Develop and teach a study skills class for students in the middle school
Collaborate with classroom, resource/specialist teachers and content specialists to leverage and integrate library/media resources
Work closely with members of the faculty to ensure continuity within the grade level and from grade to grade
Collaborate with teachers for authentic research work and literature appreciation activities that support classroom content and the curriculum
Maintain current knowledge of children’s fiction and non-fiction
Assist students with reading selection through an active, working knowledge of books and authors in the collection and knowing the reading levels of each student
Help provide authentic, differentiated learning experiences that build essential academic skills for each student
Build students’ confidence and self-esteem as you come to know them as learners and individuals
Supervise users during free periods and occasionally after school
Augment (purchase and catalogue) and maintain the collection
Promote and manage the “Birthday (special occasion) Book Program” (coordinate the donation records with the development and business offices)
Manage circulation including check-outs, returns, overdues, and lost or damaged materials
Maintain an attractive, clean, organized library which includes updated display boards
Maintain an informative and frequently updated webpage
Support access to in-house and online resources
Support access to library resources in the Seattle metropolitan area
Manage a team of parent/family volunteers for library support
Work with families and communicate in a clear and supportive manner
Promote the library as a resource center with community activities including the annual book fair with Elliot Bay Books.
Stay abreast of current educational research and best practices
Participate in school community activities
Attend in service days, meetings, seminars and training sessions
Organize and participate in field trips and may be asked to participate in the annual middle school overnight experience
May be asked to supervise the playground, implementing recess rules and discipline and/or supervise lunch, transitions and study halls during the school-day
Engage in self-assessment and work towards professional goals while pursuing continual professional growth
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science
Degree in education and school library media
Commitment to mission and philosophy of the school
Experience in an elementary/middle school library setting
Proficiency with library technology skills and knowledge of library automation software
Deep love and knowledge of children’s literature
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational, management, and goal-setting skills
Experience in curriculum development, collaborative planning and team teaching
Excellent interpersonal skills with colleagues, families and students
Desire and ability to work with children with learning differences
Practice and model respect for individual differences, learning styles and rates of learning
Maintains current knowledge of techniques and best practices in education and takes advantage of other professional development opportunities
Provides the unique support, attitude, and environment necessary for student success
Builds students’ confidence and self-esteem as learners and individuals
Maintains a positive attitude and connects well with students and families in the midst of challenges and learning obstacles
Commits to innovation, excellence, and dedication in implementing instructional programs and learning activities unique to each student
Believes in each student’s ability and potential to learn and succeed
Maintains a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities to meet the ongoing needs of the school.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Stacy Turner, Head of School Hamlin Robinson School E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Library & Media Specialist” in the subject line.
Hamlin Robinson School is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Hamlin Robinson School ignites the academic and creative potential of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.
The world class educational program at Hamlin Robinson School is a catalyst for students to discover the joy of learning within a rich, comprehensive school experience.
Respect: We show appreciation and acceptance for ourselves, our community, and our learning.
Responsibility: We show integrity and accountability for our choices.
Purpose: We show dedication and resolve through our actions.
Perseverance: We show commitment and resilience in all our endeavors.
About Hamlin Robinson School
Founded in 1983, Hamlin Robinson School is an independent, non-profit school offering a comprehensive educational program to serve students in grades 1-8 with dyslexia and other language related difficulties. The core philosophy of Hamlin Robinson is that all children can reach their full potential given appropriate teaching methods and atmosphere. The school is embarking on an ambitious strategic plan that includes moving to a new location in central Seattle, increasing enrollment, and expanding the academic program. A successful major gifts program and eventual capital campaign will be critical to the implementation of this vision.